IC (Austria)

If you will be taking a journey by Austrian IC trains, our guide will tell you the key things you need to know, to make the most of the journey experience.

Prior to the introduction of the Railjets these were the first rank express trains in Austria, and they’re beginning to show their age.

However, in common with the older generation of IC trains that can be found across Europe, they’re more spacious than many of the more modern trains being introduced in other countries - you won’t be crammed in airline style.

In 1st class some seats are in compartments with a door to a side corridor, while other seats are in open plan saloons.

In 2nd class virtually all seats are in open plan saloons.


In recent years Railjets have replaced the IC trains on many of the routes that the two types of train once shared.

As a result there are now no IC trains operating on the main Salzburg - Linz - St Polten route.

The main routes on which these trains still operate are:

(i) Graz - Leoben - Stainach Irdning - Radstadt - Bischofshofen - Salzburg
(ii) Graz - Leoben - Stainach Irdning - Radstadt - Schwarzach St Veit - Zell am zee - Kitzbuhel - Worgl - Innsbruck

For journeys within Austria, international Eurocity trains which are travelling to/from Austria, can be classified as IC services.

Therefore some of the trains on the Villach - Bad Gastein -  Schwarzach St Veit - Bischofshofen - Salzburg route are classed as IC services.


There will be a bar/bistro on most IC train services, and when open it will sell  comparatively good hot and cold food that isn’t extortionately priced, but don’t overly rely on the full range of items being available.

An intro to train travel in Austria

How to buy tickets for Austrian train journeys

International train routes to/from Austria

Travelling on European daytime trains

Travelling on European overnight trains

Bistro (Hot Food)
Bar (Cold Food)
Double Deck
High Speed

Rail passes and reservations

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